Volkswagen e-Golf 8 to get a 48 kWh battery
The next generation Volkswagen e-Golf is expected for 2019.
Currently Volkswagen still has its mind focused in plug-in hybrids, that’s why its BEV and PHEV cars share the same type of battery cells (PHEV 2) – with high power density, but average energy density. However, according to the German auto magazine, this will change in 2019.
Auto Bild reports that the next generation Volkswagen Golf 8 in its electric variant will get a 48 kWh battery, enough for 420 km (NEDC) range. If this proves to be true, it means that Volkswagen will finally start to use battery cells designed for BEVs in their full electric cars. This also means a shift in strategy, prioritizing battery electric vehicles (BEVs) instead of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs).
It’s curious because I wrote about this subject last February. Back then I mentioned that if Volkswagen wanted to, they could put a 48,3 kWh battery in the e-Golf, the company just had to use the “BEV 4” type of battery cells, instead of the “PHEV 2” that is now present in the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf.
Furthermore, Auto Bild also expects the next e-Golf to be more efficient and have a more powerful 204 hp (152 kW) motor.
This next generation Volkswagen e-Golf 8 is expected to be the last electrified effort from Volkswagen before moving to an entirely new platform, the Modular Electrification Toolkit (MEB), which is showcased with the I.D. concept. This concept electric car has been advertised with a 600 km (NEDC) range, which would translate to a more realistic 400 km (249 miles) range.
Adapting to change is a painful and slow process, especially to an enormous company such as Volkswagen, however there is no denying that it’s happening.
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